Around the Nest: Edition 7 – Birdland Caravan returns for 2023

The Orioles have been known to offer fans various community events throughout a calendar year to keep engagement high in Birdland.

One of the events fans have been clamoring for a return, FanFest, is still being pushed. However, news has come out that the Birdland Caravan has returned, and the trip is coming quickly.

The Birdland Caravan brings Orioles Magic to your hometown with fan events that include rallies, happy hours, autograph sessions, bowling with the Birds and even a topgolf event.

(Photo: Our very own Justin Sutphin as Birdland Caravan in 2019)

The Birdland Caravan will make stops throughout Maryland that include Baltimore City, Bel Air, Bowie, College Park, Columbia, Frederick, Odenton, Salisbury, Towson and Westminster. The tour will also enter into York, Pennsylvania.

“We are excited to reintroduce the Birdland Caravan to our fans throughout the Mid-Atlantic region and engage with them beyond the ballpark. The weekend’s events will feature unique opportunities to interact with players, prospects and staff in a larger geographical circle than ever before. We’re eager to get back out into our communities and celebrate the exciting present and future of Orioles baseball.”

– Senior Vice President of Community Development and Communications, Jennifer Grondahl, on the 2023 Birdland Caravan

The great news is tickets will go on sale starting January 11 at 10:00 a.m. for each of the scheduled events. Here’s a breakdown of each event taking place.

Thursday, February 2, 2023: Kickoff fan rally at Bel Air High

The Caravan will begin Thursday, February 2, at 5 p.m. (Doors open at 4:30 p.m.) at Bel Air High School Auditorium with a Q&A session and fun games.

The event is non-ticketed, though there is limited capacity. Orioles GM Mike Elias and manager Brandon Hyde will be kicking off the event, which is open to all ages.

Friday, February 3, 2023: Happy Hour at eVo

On Friday, February 3, the Caravan will head to Salisbury, Maryland, to Evolution Craft Brewery Co. & Public House.

There, Mike Elias and Brandon Hyde, along with Oriole players Ryan McKenna, Ryan Mountcastle and Kyle Stowers, will guest bartend from 4 to 6 p.m.

The event is open to the public, once again with limited capacity, and no ticket is required. This is a good opportunity to meet some of the team and have them serve you nice cold beverages.

There will be giveaways, and players will be available for pictures throughout the event. Please make sure to have IDs ready, as they will be checked for any alcoholic beverage orders.

Being from the Eastern Shore, I can assure you the atmosphere, food and drinks are worth the visit to eVo.

Saturday, February 4, 2023:

Event 1: O’s bowling at Bowlero College Park

Get your chance to bowl with Mike Elias, Heston Kjerstad, Adley Rutschman, Ramón Urías and Terrin Vavra from 10 a.m. to noon.

Tickets are required, and there is a limited quantity available, with no on-site ticket sales offered. Tickets will be available on Wednesday, January 11, at 10 a.m.

Autographs will not be available, though photography is permitted during the event. The ticket purchase does include food and beverage, as well as shoe rental.

Lanes can be purchased in groups of two to four, and private lanes are available for a group up to six. Once again, you must show a confirmation email to participate in the event.

Event 2: Autographs at Frederick Community College

Here’s your chance to grab an autograph from some top Orioles prospects and the big league skipper from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Session one will give you the chance to get an item (O’s will provide a player card if needed) signed by pitchers Grayson Rodriguez and Nick Vespi. Session two will allow you to receive an autograph from pitcher D.L. Hall and manager Brandon Hyde.

Unfortunately, no personal messages or photos will be allowed due to time constraints. Tickets will be required, and you will have to show the digital ticket via the MLB Ballpark App.

Tickets can not be purchased on sight, nor can they be transferred. Screenshots of the tickets are not permitted either.

Event 3: Autographs at Bowie State

Adley Rutschman and Terrin Vavra will be a part of session one, with Heston Kjerstad and Ramón Urías available for session two. The event will be held at Bowie State University Center in Ballrooms A, B and C from 2 to 3 p.m.

The same rules apply as in other autograph events, with tickets being required and limited with no on-site sales.

Event 4: Oriole Bird meet & greet in Elkridge

One of the most iconic mascots in baseball is the Baltimore Orioles Bird. This is your chance to meet and take pictures with the famed mascot at Weis Markets in Elkridge.

Tickets are not required for this event, and all ages are welcome. The event will take place from 10 to 11 a.m.

Event 5: Fan rally at Wilde Lake High

The Jim Rouse Theater for the Performing Arts at Wilde Lake High School in Columbia, Maryland, will host a fan rally.

The rally will consist of Q&As and games with fans. This event is open to all ages, and no ticket is required, though there is limited capacity.

Doors will open at 1:30 p.m. for the event that will start at 2 p.m. Fans will be able to interact with Brandon Hyde and pitchers D.L Hall, Grayson Rodriguez and Nick Vespi.

Event 6: Happy Hour at Checkerspot

Checkerspot Brewing Company will have guest bartenders Mike Elias, Brandon Hyde, D.L. Hall, Grayson Rodriguez, Heston Kjerstad, Adley Rutschman, Ramón Urías, Terrin Vavra and Nick Vespi available from 4 to 6 p.m.

This is your chance to talk to, get pictures and be served by some of your favorite players, staff and front office.

This is a non-ticketed event, but there will be limited capacity. There are also giveaways at the event, and IDs will be checked for all drink orders.

Sunday, February 5, 2023:

Event 1: O’s topgolf at Topgolf Baltimore

Here’s your chance to swing irons with the big leaguers at Topgolf Baltimore.

From 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., O’s players Austin Hays, Bryan Baker, Joey Krehbiel and Dean Kremer will be available to tee off with. Tickets will be available starting Wednesday, January 11, and you can purchase for groups consisting of two or four players.

Private bays can be purchased for a group up to six total. Golf clubs will be available, though you will be able to bring your own.

Autographs will not be permitted, but photo opportunities will be available. Food and beverages are included in the purchase, and you must present the confirmation email in order to participate in the event.

Event 2: Autographs at York Expo Center

The Old Main at York Expo Center in York, Pennsylvania, will be hosting two autograph sessions from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

You may bring bats, balls, jerseys, photos and other memorabilia that can be carried by hand to the event. The Orioles will also offer cards if needed for one autograph of each player at the session.

Session one will include John Means and former Oriole Al Brumbry, while session two will include Félix Bautista and former Oriole Joe Orsulak.

Tickets go on sale starting Wednesday, January 11, and are limited in quantity. You must show digital tickets via the MLB Ballpark App, and there will be no on-site sales.

Event 3: Autographs at Sheraton in Townson

Sheraton Baltimore in the North Fitzgerald Ballroom will host two autograph sessions from 2 to 3 p.m.

Pitchers Dean Kremer and Bryan Baker will hold session one, with Austin Hays and Joey Krehbiel hosting the second session.

You must purchase tickets, which are limited, for the event and show the digital ticket via the MLB Ballpark App in order to receive autographs. You will be provided a card for one autograph for each player, but you are welcome to bring bats, balls, hats, jerseys and photos that can be carried by hand.

Event 4: Oriole Bird meet and greet in Owings Mills

Weis Markets in Owings Mills will host the famed Oriole Bird from 10 to 11 a.m.

There is no ticket required for the event, and there will be staff to help assist with photos on your personal phone or camera. This event is open to all ages.

Event 5: Fan rally at Winters Mill High

Winters Mill High School Auditorium will host an Orioles’ fan rally starting at 2 p.m., with doors opening at 1:30 for the event.

Though no autographs will be permitted, there will be giveaways and promotions provided while supplies last.

Attending the rally will be Félix Bautista, John Means, Sig Mejdal and Eve Rosenbaum.

This will be a non-ticketed event, though there is limited capacity, and will be open to all ages. There will be Q&As and games played at the event as well.

Event 6: Happy Hour at Crooked Crab

Crooked Crab Brewing Company will host guest bartenders Bryan Baker, Félix Bautista, Austin Hays, Joey Krehbiel, John Means, Dean Kremer, Sig Mejdal and Eve Rosenbaum from 4 to 6 p.m.

This is a non-ticketed event with limited capacity. There will be photo opportunities with the players, though autographs are not permitted. There will be giveaways throughout the event as well.

Be sure to bring your ID, as any alcoholic beverage orders will require verification of 21 years of age or older.

If you’re a fan of the Orioles, this is your chance to get out and have some fun while mingling and meeting some of your favorite players and staff.

You can visit to purchase tickets, which go on sale Wednesday, January 11, at 10 a.m., with limited quantities. Be sure to check your calendar and find an event close to you.

What event do you plan on attending? Let us know in the comments below! And make sure to follow The Baltimore Battery on Facebook and Twitter, and use the hashtag #baltimorebattery when sharing our content!

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